beyond the beaten path
Here is one of the lesser-known gems in all of Central America. Also known as the "Land of Lakes and Volcanoes", Nicaragua has experienced a rather timid tourist development compared to other neighbouring countries, but certainly not because it has less to offer. Nature abounds at every turn in its waters, forests and mountains: here you can find the second largest rainforest in the Americas, two astonishingly vast and beautiful lakes (Nicaragua and Managua), an incredible number of islands and an impressive chain of volcanoes crossing the country from North to South. Many of these, such as the volcanoes on Ometepe Island rising from Lake Nicaragua, seem improbable, prehistoric and almost otherworldly. Activities such as hiking, night climbing, or horseback riding to the fiery volcanic cones are among those that stick with you for a lifetime...especially when alternated with moments of pure relaxation on the Emerald Coast, one of the most beautiful and undeveloped in the Pacific, where low mountains covered in lush vegetation meet white pristine beaches. Expect amazing biodiversity, the charm of pre-Columbian cultures and welcoming people who radiate warmth and pride for their land.